The Rate of Mobile Phone x Skype x Google Voice

In 2015, Brazil continues as one of the countries with the rates most expensive connection in the world. Are taxes, companies delayed, high costs, bureaucracy and many of the elements that contribute to this high cost in rates. As we can not solve all the problems of telephony in brazil, the correct thing to do to save is to compare rates and try to find one more cheap for your needs. But how to do this? What are the best services? What are the most cheap? Well, the answer is not as simple as that

Options for Connections in Brazil and in the World

There are hundreds, if not thousands of programs from VoIP available, which would make a comparative full well difficult to do. Also, each operator adopts plans, prices and different services for each region of Brazil, again making it more complicated still the comparative. How to know and compare the tariff of cell phone with the other services to find the cheaper option?

First, let’s limit our comparative. We will do an analysis of the rates of the programs Skype and Google Voice, two VoIP programs are well known and with the best qualities of services. Then, we’ll show you how you can even compare the rates of cellular or fixed in a plan that is available in your region, so you can choose the best option for your needs. In each option, we will also talk about the types of services offered, so you can analyze whether it is (or is not) worth it for what you need.

Google Voice

This VoIP service Google has differentiated tariffs and as well cheap. The cost per minute of links in Google Voice in Brazil (in us dollars, converted into reais in July 2015):

  • Links for Mobile: R$0,19
  • Connections to Landline:$0,03

To use Google Voice, you can use the app or the Hangouts, where you can make connections also. You can also make calls to your Gmail account, via the chat application. It is the best option for companies who want to centralize the use of programs and services in a single place, because Google provides numerous tools to businesses that can greatly facilitate the life of the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise. Even large companies can benefit of this centralization, since it makes possible a greater control of costs.

Skype

Skype is, perhaps, the VoIP application more popular in the world. It’s no wonder that it was purchased by Microsoft, one of the largest technology companies in the world, and who was also responsible for ending with the MSN Messenger, which was another giant.

For rates Skype in Brazil, you can directly access the Skype website and see for yourself. We have gathered below the main plans and prices available to Brazil, in addition to the specific conditions of use for the program and the credits. The cost below is for the plans, pre-paid, per minute of connection. There is a connection fee of$0.20 is charged for calls to mobile phones. For the other types of connection, a fee of R$0,11 cents is charged.

  • Fixed – R$0,07/min + R$0.11 per connection
    Cell – R$0,34/min + $0.20 per link

Inside of the subscription packages of the Skype note that there is a fair usage policy to the packets, that is, you will not be able to stay the entire life in your phone. Even so, the figures still compensate, and the prices are the following, just for calls to landlines:

  • R$2.19/month – 60 minutes per month of calls to landlines and cell phones, of which R$0.04 per minute of connection
  • R$arachidic 4.39/month – 120 minutes per month of calls to landlines and cell phones, of which R$0.04 per minute of connection
  • R$13,99/month – 400 minutes per month on calls to landlines and cell phones, of which R$0.04 per minute of connection
  • R$13,99/month – Unlimited Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, excludes rural areas in Colombia
  • R$25,99/month – Unlimited World: full list on the Skype website

In subscriptions with calls to landlines and mobile phones:

  • R$13,99/month – 60 minutes per month of calls to landlines and mobile phones, of which R$0.23 per minute of connection
  • R$24,99/month – 120 minutes per month in calls to mobiles and landlines, of which R$0,21 per minute of connection
  • R$79,99/month – 400 minutes per month of calls to landlines and mobile phones, being$0.20 per minute of connection
  • R$89,99/month – 400 minutes per month of calls to landlines and mobile phones, of which R$0.23 per minute of connection for the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, excludes rural areas in Colombia
  • R$159,99/month – 1000 minutes per month of calls to landlines and mobile phones, of which R$0,16 per minute of connection for the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, excludes rural areas in Colombia

The Skype credit can also be used for sending SMS in Brazil, at the price of R$0.45 per message.

The most interesting thing is that you can enjoy the first month free of charge on Skype, to be able to test and take advantage of the services of Skype.

With the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft, there is a great integration between the Microsoft products, but a little lower than the Google products. In addition, the business solutions from Microsoft, such as Office, are more expensive than the same solutions from Google, if your priority is integration. But it is clear, also, that the price of Skype, especially for those who need to connect internationally, it may prove cheaper.

The Rate of Cell

We are already tired of knowing how guys are the tariffs of telephony in Brazil. Even so, things have improved in recent years and there are clear signs that the prices can download more. But you can already find the rates as well cheap, just learning how to use the system in their favor. How? For the competition, of course.

The operators are becoming more aggressive in their packages, whether they are pre-paid, post-paid, or control. The carriers include unlimited calls to mobile phones, or fixed, of the same operator, include unlimited internet, SMS, access to some applications without discounting your franchise internet. To have even better conditions and plans, you must search for operators in your region, write down all the details, understand their habits with the phone and then negotiate with the one that you think offer the best conditions for your needs.

But just realize an important thing: the best package for your needs depends on your region, as operators make different offers in different locations of Brazil. And a good place to start your research is the Pricez, which has a list as well comprehensive of rates, packages of telephony and its benefits to customers.

But what is the rate of connection to mobile phones? Plans unlimited for the same carrier has the price of the subscription is made, or of the credits that you put in your unit, in addition to some minutes included for numbers of other operators. The problem is when you go out of your “franchise”, or of the conditions of your plan. Let’s not cite the operator for example, but coming out of the supply covered by the package plan, links within the same state for fixed numbers of the operator was more than R$1 per minute. And in the case of mobile connections to other operators of other states, the price was more than R$1.70 per minute. Even SMS was more expensive than Skype, which we mentioned above.

Which One is Better?

If you have to make calls to mobiles and landline phones, have a basic plan of telephone, which give you access to a 3G internet or 4G, and sign up for Skype or Google Voice to make calls. Use the minutes of your basic package, but use applications that will help you keep track of how many minutes you have ever spent. There are even apps to help you find the best plan for you. However, the fact is: if you need to make calls to mobile or fixed numbers, the best option is to use a VoIP program and get away from the minute plans of the operators. Even when they offer the “integration of services”, will come out more expensive than buying the services separately.

You agree with us? How much you paid for your connections? What services and programs do you use?